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punkmom cleverly suggested that I ask my knitting friends if y'all have any of the books I was ranting about not being able to see online. Here is my current list and if you have opinions on any of these, or if you are local and have a copy that I could look at, please let me know:

Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional, 24 Inspirational Shawls, Ponchos, and Capelets to Knit and Crochet by Pam Allen, Ann Budd

I like this wrap from it and either don't like or can't tell whether I like (Green Sleeves) the other wraps shown on the Interweave site (here and here). I like this but it's available for free. I want to know if there are any others I like, because I would rather not pay $22 for one pattern.

I find myself wanting to play around with cable and celtic knot stitches so I would also like to have a look at these:

Aran Sweater Design by Janet Szabo

I have these on hold at the library:

220 Aran stitches : includes diamonds, cables, twists, honeycombs, textures, panels, backgrounds

Aran knitting, Alice Starmore

Vogue knitting stitchionary 2. Vol. 2, cables : the ultimate stitch dictionary

Michael Pearson's Traditional knitting : Aran, Fair Isle, and fisher ganseys

Finally, if you have any opinions about the books in my Amazon yarncrafts wishlist I would welcome them. (ObDisclaimer: I am not trolling for gifts; this is just a convenient place to keep track of stuff I want to check out.)


Mar. 29th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I have the "Viking Knitting" book and....hrm. The sweaters in it are not very flattering or modern (over size boxy blah). However, if you are good at tinkering with patterns, you can use cables and motifs and insert them into patterns that are more flattering.

"The Knitters Handy Book of Pattenrs" is one of those very useful practical books that is also totally boring. It's the "Joy of Cooking" of knitting books. It's not very inspiring, but when you need to know how to make X generic item, it will help you do it. It also has good information for helping you to size up patterns or create your own.

"Shadow Knitting" demonstrates the technique very clearly, but you can get simliar informaiton online. The technique is one that I strongly suspect would drive me insane, but if you're intrigued by it and the internet is not explaining it well enough, then this is a good purchase. Nice clear illustrations and explenations and decent projects.

"Knitting on teh Edge" is AMAZING. Seriously. I used this to change the ribbing pattern on the sleeves of a sweater I made (from simple to intricate) and have used it to make other simple changes that look gorgeous. The stitch patterns are well illustrated and clearly explained with nice color photographs.

"The First Barbara Walker Stitch Pattern Book" is really useful, though you need to get past the dated design. Stitch patterns are illustrated with black and white photographs, and not all patterns are photographed. Also, nothing is charted which may or may not drive you batty. That said, it's a really useful book. I used to to change the design of a lace hat I made. I liked the hat pattern, but hated the stich pattern they used for the lace. So, I picked a new one from Barbara Walker and I love my new hat.

(ps hi from fatshionista)
Mar. 29th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you stopped by! As it happens, I picked up Knitting on the Edge today. I also looked at Knitters Handy Book of Patterns but decided against it, at least for now, since I have most of the same resources in other places.

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